Not many of us here would have heard of Mieko Rye. I too had not until I chanced upon a Facebook post where speaks of her fight against breast cancer.
A little help from the internet and the Facebook post itself led me to understand that Rye is an American model by profession with 20 years of experience behind her.
In her post titled ‘My Cancer Journey’, she recollects as to how when she started off, she never fit the American concept of beauty. Nevertheless, she defied convention and went on to create a career for herself.
Rye, who is also a mom, is battling stage 3 breast cancer and is undergoing treatment for it. She says in her post that she no longer has the very body parts that culture defines as beauty, referring to her eyebrows, eyelashes and hair.
In an interview to ABC News, she said that during her chemotherapy she would avoid looking into the mirror because that’s how much she had changed.
However, the silver lining is that Rye has come to love the woman that she has become.
Turn to the next page to find out where to get Breast Cancer support in the Philippines
Breast Cancer in the Philippines
The Philippines has the highest rate of Breast cancer in Asia. According to the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology, breast cancer is so common in the country that one in every 13 Filipinas is expected to develop it in her lifetime.
You can find help and information here in the Philippines from a range of places.
Philippine Cancer Society
Philippine Breast Cancer Network
Do read up and take note of the signs.
READ: Beyond breast cancer symptoms: 10 things to know after being diagnosed
(Pic courtesy: Mieko Rye’s Facebook page)
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